Liberian Refugees commend chairman Bryant

The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

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The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

Posted January 9, 2004

Liberian refugees in the Sub-region through the Liberia Refugees Network Committee in a press release have welcomed Chairman Gyude Bryant’s call for all Liberians to reconcile their differences.

"It is our expectation that Liberians show true patriotism and love for Liberia during this new year and avoid personal aggrandizement, vindictiveness, sectionalism, discrimination, social corruption, etc.

"If we must tread the path of true reconciliation and psycho-social healing, the rights of participation in this government of inclusion must be extended to the Liberian refugees and returnees from the sub-region and all well-meaning Liberians, who wish to avail themselves of the opportunities that Liberia presents for participatory democracy in the era of transparent justice and national rehabilitation.

"The flagrant denial of our representation to the NTLA, and the exclusion of refugees in the National Transitional Government are not only a gross violation of the Accra peace accord, but a calculated act of marginalization and rejection of Liberian refugees not to participate in the new political dispensation for national reconciliation and reconstruction of Liberia.

"The Liberia Refugee Network Committee is disappointed at protracted silence of the NTGL, LURD, MODEL and former GOL, and the Civil Society Organizations concerning the plight of refugees struggle for justice and fair play. We out-rightly condemn the sycophantic and chameleon role of some government officials who claim to have love for this nation, but are suppressing the progress of Liberian refugees who have suffered and continue to suffer over the years in foreign lands as a result of war and instability in Liberia.

"We are therefore calling on H. E. Chairman C. Gyude Bryant, UN Special Envoy to Liberia, Ambassador Jacques Paul Klein, ECOWAS Special Representative to Liberia, Dr. Francis Blain, the ICGL including Human Rights/Pro-democracy groups, and the Inter-Faith Council to intervene in the issue refugees'representation to the NTLA and their participation in the National Transitional Government of Liberia, "the press release of the Liberia Refugees Network concluded.

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